This coming Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, which is the beginning of the Season of Lent. We know that Lent is a wonderful time of renewal and spiritual growth for all believers. It is a time when we seriously consider our faith lives and how we are doing as disciples of Jesus.
Sometimes we can so focus on “giving something up” for Lent that we can forget about extra things that we can do to be growing spiritually. We can pray more, come to daily Mass and engage in devotional practices at home. There are so many resources and ideas available to us of how to make good use of these upcoming forty days. And now that it is so easy to find information on the internet, all kinds of ideas for spiritual growth can be right at our fingertips.
Let’s commit to making this Lent a very special time of growing in God’s grace. Our celebration of Easter will be so powerful if we use these days to truly prepare our hearts and minds for the great promise of the Resurrection.
And let us continue to pray for one another.
Fr. Robert J. Schneider